Tips For The Bride

Planning Tips

1. Set a budget
2. Start Early 6-12 months
3. Make your appointment
4. Limit your entourage to 1 - 2 whom your value their opinion most
5. Primp before you try on gowns
6. Step out of your comfort zone, keep an open mind
7. Forget about size
8. Enjoy the bridal salon experience

Fitting Tips - Make your fittings count

Broach heel height
The average gown is about five feet from the floor. If you want to wear very tall heels, they may need to order your dress in a longer length.

Bring shoes and undergarments
Ask your consultant what to wear with your gown; take these along to your appointments.

Speak Up
This is no time to be shy. If you aren't completely comfortable or happy at any point, your seamstress should know. A good seamstress can work wonders, but only if you communicate!.

Dance Dance Dance!
Seriously bust a move at the fitting to make sure everything feels good and secure, so you can be comfortable all night long on your wedding day.

How to shop a trunk show

Not to be confused with sample sales, which offer discounted dresses from past seasons, a trunk show is a preview of one designers new collection. Here are some dos, and don'ts for visiting a trunk show:

Do make an appointment.
Trunk shows usually don't welcome walk-ins, and they book up quickly. Call ahead to get a slot.

Don't expect a bargain.
Some designers offer incentives such as 15 percent off or free alterations. The catch? You have to buy on the spot, and its almost always a final sale.

Do ask for what you want.
The designer is often present, so you can voice your likes and dislikes. Want to add sleeves or a sash , just ask. The designer will let you know what is possible and may offer to make the changes at no cost.

Don't Make the show your first stop.
Trunk shows are for the bride who has done her homework and knows what she wants. If you haven't seen other dresses out there you run the risk of buying something, then seeing something you like better down the road.

Where to start

12 Months before
- Fantasize about your ideal wedding
- Write up the guest list
- have the money conversation who's paying for what
- Set your budget with some wiggle room.
- Hire a wedding planner if you want one.
- Reserve a reception venue and ceremony site. Lock in the date.
- Book a stationer.

10 months before
- Settle on your officiant
- Go dress shopping.
- Look for vendors. Set up in-person meetings with potentials
- Select your bridal party

8 months before
- Hire the caterer, florist, band/DJ
- Order your dress
- Block hotel rooms for out-of-town guests
- Register

6 months before
- Shop for wedding bands
- Order invitations
-Send save-the-dates
-Meet with vendors to hammer out the details
- Choose the getaway car
- Secure transportation(buses,limos) for guests if required
- Order bridesmaids' dresses if necessary
- Book the honeymoon

4 months before
- Order the cake
- Hire a caligrapher
- Plan the rehearsal dinner
- Crank out thank-you notes post-shower
- Choose the groom's and groomsmen's attire

2 months before
- Set up your hair-and makeup trial
- Write the vows if you plan to personalize them
- Finalize the ceremony selections with the officiant
- Mail the invitations
- Accessorize your look
- Buy the gifts for your VIP's

6 weeks before
-Confirm the arrival of the bridesmaids' dresses
- Apply for a marriage license
- Print the programs, menus, and other wedding-reception stationary
- Partake in bachelor-ette type fun
- Plan welcome baskets for out-of-towners

2 weeks before
- Submit your shot list to photographer
- Send play and do not play lists to DJ or band
- Get your marriage license
- Update the registry
- Review the RSVPs, and chase after stragglers

1 week before
- Provide the final head count to the site and caterer
- Break in your shoes
- Finalize seating chart
- Give last-minute requests to vendors
- Get any facial waxings needed

48 hours before
- Pick up your dress
- Write checks for balances due the day of
- Drop off welcome baskets to out-of-town guests
- Put vendor tips in envelopes. Delegate their distribution to the maid of honor and best man

The Day Before
-Reconfirm pickup times
- Do any last-minute primping(nails,bronzing)
- Rehearse the ceremony, go to dinner
- Give your bridal party and parents their gifts

The Big Day
- Exchange presents with groom
- Give the rings to the best man and maid of honor
- Eat small light meals
- Beautify
- Get Married
- Enjoy!

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